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7 Energy Efficient Materials to Use in Your New Home
Are you constructing a new home and want to include the latest energy-efficient materials? Here are 7 top materials to help you save money on your utility bills.
- Low-e glass
Low-e glass windows have a wide range of benefits, including letting in more sunlight during colder months and cutting down on heat transfer through windows. As a bonus, they can reduce airflow between rooms by up to 40%, which is especially important if you live in an old home without air conditioning or proper insulation.
- Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls
One of the easiest ways to achieve a genuinely energy-efficient home, ICF walls eliminate the need for wall sheathing and provide continuous insulation. This can reduce air leakage by 90% compared to traditional wall construction.
- Spray foam insulation
Over three times more effective at keeping heat out than traditional fiberglass insulation, spray foam is ideal for areas where it can be applied directly against the structure, such as in a crawl space.
- Radiant barriers
Made from a thin, reflective material applied to the underside of the roof, radiant barriers work like window shades to prevent heat transfer through the ceiling. They are affordable and easy to install and can significantly reduce your energy bills.
- R-10 attic insulation
Adding an R-value of 10 to an attic can save you up to 25% on your utility bills, depending on your area’s climate.
- Infrared reflectors
Infrared reflectors redirect infrared heat from hot objects, such as a fireplace or stove, into the environment, saving thousands of dollars in heating costs annually.
- Energy Star appliances
Energy Star appliances are manufactured to be efficient and perform best at lower temperatures than standard units. This can save up to $100 a year in energy costs alone.
Once you have installed these energy-efficient materials, you can start working on other ways to make your new home more energy efficient.
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